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Featured Research Opportunities

NEURO Scholars Fellowship program

Application Deadline: November 1, 2020



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Research Opportunity: Medicine | Biochemistry

# of Available Opportunities:  3

Research Opportunity Type: Paid

Minimum Student Requirements:  The needed skills are passion to learn, dependability, and trustworthiness. Dr. Gentry has mentored 25 undergraduate students over the last 13 years. The vast majority of these students started in the lab with no experience during their 1st or 2nd year on campus.

Project Description:  Alzheimer's disease and brain tumors each have a very poor patient trajectory and few to no good treatment options. The Gentry lab is defining the metabolic profile of both diseases using mouse models and patient tissue. The projects are in collaboration with senior scientists and graduate students in the lab. The project is tailored to match the student's interest and s/he is given the opportunity to learn a complete spectrum of cell biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, and physiology skills. S/he will have the opportunity to present their data at meetings and be co-authors on papers. Dr. Gentry and the lab has an outstanding track record of assisting students to achieve their goal of graduate or medical school. You can read more about the lab at this site: 

Title of Research Opportunity: Alzheimer's disease or brain tumors - Defining the metabolic components of either disease

Project Duration and Anticipated Minimum Hours/week: 10-15h/week during the academic year and 40 h/w during summer months

Student Role: The trainee will be integrated into a team of researchers tackling well-defined questions regarding AD or brain tumor metabolism.


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UK Campus Research Opportunities

UK Center for Applied Energy Research

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy’s Research has a long tradition of fossil fuel research. While respecting that history, we recognize today’s constantly changing energy field. In order to respond to today and tomorrow’s needs, we strive to solve existing problems, while identifying potential future technologies.

Go to Main CAER Website


Biofuels & Environmental Catalysis

Clean Fuels & Chemicals

Materials Technologies

Organic Electronics

Power Generation


UK Center for Computational Science

UK Center for Equality and Social Justice (CESJ)

Go to Center for Equality and Social Justice (CESJ) website


Undergraduate Research Assistantships

CESJ solicits applications for Undergraduate Research funding from students, or student teams, who wish to conduct research with faculty guidance. Student projects should involve research, community engagement, or fieldwork related to the focus of the CESJ. Successful applicants will be matched with a faculty mentor who will supervise their work; those who have already identified a willing faculty mentor for their project should indicate so in their application materials. Successful applicants will receive scholarships in a lump sum in their student accounts in May 2020, applicable taxes will be withheld.

Funding details:

  • Three CESJ Undergraduate Research Assistantships will be awarded this funding cycle
  • Applications will be accepted from individuals or teams of students
  • Awards include up to a $3,000 stipend to offset research or fieldwork expenses
  • In addition, faculty mentors will receive a $1,000 stipend
  • These awards do not include tuition support

Proposals must include (team proposals should contain one cover letter, one research summary, and CVs for each applicant):

  • Cover letter indicating interest, relevant experience, project collaborators, and future career goals
  • CV
  • 500 words describing the research project and goals, including mention of how the research could impact the community or influence policies that promote social justice
  • Project timeline
  • A project budget is not necessary



UK Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR)

UK Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR)'s research informs evidence-based policy on the causes, consequences, and correlates of poverty, inequality, and food insecurity in the United States.

Go to UKCPR's website

UK College of Communication & Information

UK College of Nursing

Go to College of Nursing's Research Centers, Programs and Areas website


The College houses two extramurally funded research centers:

Perinatal Research and Wellness Center Research and Interventions for Cardiovascular Health (RICH) Heart Program Occupational and Rural Health Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Health Environments Behavior Health and Wellness Environments for Living and Learning (BH WELL)

Other areas of focus:

  • Self-management of chronic illness (especially cardiopulmonary health issues/heart failure)
  • Tobacco policy
  • Injury prevention
  • Prevention of preterm birth
  • Health disparities and cancer control
  • Medication adherence
  • Family caregivers
  • Promoting health of persons with persons with persistent mental illness
  • Post-discharge nausea and vomiting
  • Adolescent health care provider communication during cancer treatment
  • Reproductive health of Hispanic women
  • Faith-based approaches to improving nutrition in Eastern Kentucky

UK Human Development Institute

HDI projects include evaluative components and opportunities for research.

Go to HDI's Research and Evaluation Projects

UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center Learning Lab

The Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI)

Emma Dalrymple Israel archeology research
Tom Shelton physics research
Quote_Gutierrez Soto_Research experience is one way to learn more about oneself and see the adventure that lies in the unknown. Research can be challenging and is supposed to be, because you are in the path of creating new knowledge; no matter how small, you are contributing and impacting the field.




Summer Research Opportunities

Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program - Science/Biotech

An Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Science and Biotechnology

Go to Amgen Scholars Program

UK College of Business & Economics - Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise Summer Research Grant

The Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise (ISFE) is pleased to announce our 2021 Summer Research Grant Program. These are competitive small grants, between $5,000 and $15,000, open to scholars at both the University of Kentucky and elsewhere. UK faculty will receive their awards as summer salary in either 2021 or 2022. External scholars will receive awards in vendor-type arrangements (e.g. consulting) and should make sure to check their institution’s rules for external work before applying.

We welcome any proposal that fits under ISFE’s mission of discovering and understanding how free enterprise — i.e. markets, private ownership, economic freedom, choice, competition, and related government interventions — affects peoples’ lives and the well-being of society. However, this year we have particular interest in research related to the intersection of free enterprise with the COVID-19 pandemic or racial inequality in the United States.

Deliverables include a presentation in ISFE’s Faculty Research Day (September 2021), a paper in ISFE’s working paper series, and dissemination of the research to the media and public following a strategy developed in conjunction with ISFE staff. External awardees will be given the choice of attending the Research Day in person (with ISFE providing travel funding) or presenting via an online format.

Proposals should consist of no more than one single-spaced page describing the research and its fit with ISFE’s mission, along with the applicant’s CV. Cover letters are not necessary. To ensure full consideration, please submit your proposal below. Questions can be emailed to

For more information about ISFE, please visit our website at We also encourage you to follow us on Twitter and Facebook @UKISFE.

ISFE has funded a diverse set of research projects related to the study of free enterprise. Some of our funded projects can be found at:


Go to Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise Summer Research Grant


UK College of Pharmacy Summer Research Opportunities

UK Office of Undergraduate Research

UK Psychology STAR: Summer Training in Alcohol Research